1-on-1 Earth-Rooted Mentoring/Inner Wilderness Guiding

IMG_8765“What if our primary human need and opportunity is not to endlessly attend to our emotional wounds and the eradication of perceived psychological disorders but rather to fathom and flesh out our natural human wholeness and to embody this integral bounty as a gift to others and our world?”  — Bill Plotkin, Wild Mind

The Problem:

The range of symptoms that blanket the western world–depression, anxiety, addiction, numbness, distraction, grief—have their deeper source, in part, in the disconnection that pervades our lives: disconnection from each other, from our natural world, and from the deeper sense of meaning at our core.

A few core operating premises of Wild Nature Heart are that we require wild nature to evoke our own wholeness, that we yearn for meaning and connection, and that each person carries a unique soul callingand it is the task of each of us to dig it out, cultivate it, and then share it. With wild nature as our ally, mirror, and co-creator, we help bring out and reconnect with the wholeness and aliveness of what already exists.

The Solution: Claim Your Wholeness and Soul Calling Sessions

Through participation in a package of 1-5 individual mentoring sessions that include a toolbox of practices and concepts, you will awaken and integrate the fullness of your body-heart-soul-spirit. You will journey full circle through the four shields/directions of human nature with the help and witnessing of a knowledgeable and compassionate guide. Each 2-3 hour session will include time in council and solo time for you on the land.

The Four Shields/Directions system is a nature-based map of the psyche (drawn from School of Lost Borders and depth psychologist/wilderness guide Bill Plotkin) that helps us understand different facets of ourselves and provides metaphors for exploring the full complexity of our psycho-spiritual development.

What to Expect:

Each session is different, but all of our work together involves an initial bit of time to identify and clarify what is currently alive for you and the things that are calling within you to open up, lean into, and claim–with nature as your ally.

Your first session will be an opportunity to really tell YOUR heart story and have it deeply listened to (the story of your life…the story that has you on the edge of things…the story that has you hooked…the story of your deepest dream…tell THAT story).

Together we’ll co-create a map and a plan, personalized to you, for your following sessions.

What the package includes:

  • An in-depth telephone conversation with a Wild Nature Heart guide at the beginning of your journey.
  • You’ll write an intention letter that will be read by your Wild Nature Heart guide prior to your first mentoring session. This will be refined over time.
  • Individual sessions in a beautiful natural setting, each lasting approximately 2-3 hours and including both council time and solo time, in locations to be determined by you and your guide.
  • Prompts, activities, and ideas for taking your work further between sessions.
  • Surprises in the form of creations, tools, or poems that you can take away with you as sense-based ways of coming back to your learnings.

Cost: A 2-hour session is $125. A five-session package is $600. Payment plans can be arranged.

Some people are called to do a Solo Wilderness Rite-of-Passage Ceremony or Day Quest. This can be something which the individual sessions lead up to, or can be done as a stand alone ceremony. This is a custom ceremony that is co-designed by you and Ryan and is unique to each person’s needs. The price of this is negotiated separate from the sessions, but typically is about $100/day.  Most Wilderness Rite-of-Passage programs, including Wild Nature Heart’s (next one is May 2020), are group programs, so the solo journey is a rare opportunity to design a unique experience and get specialized attention. Click here for more information on wilderness ceremonies.

Schedule a Session:

To book with Ryan or schedule a Discovery call to see if it is a fit, call or text 510-219-3349 (Humboldt-based) or email ryan@wildnatureheart.com.


Most people find several or on-going sessions are fruitful and build upon one another, though it is possible to get a lot out of a single session. Individual mentoring/inner wilderness sessions are possible outside these packages. A 2-hour session is $150. Contact Ryan with any questions.

Ryan also assists in creating solo ceremonies on the land that is customized to your life journey at this moment. 

*NOTE: Our nature-based mentoring is not Psychotherapy. Ryan and Katie are both certified Ecotherapists through The Earthbody Institute. And while Katie is a Licensed Social Worker, the work of Wild Nature Heart is a soul-rooted practice with nature as context and one tool for self-growth and connection and is not meant to be psychotherapy.

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